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The Real Deal from CNET

Ever wondered how technology and the Web really work? CNET's Tom Merritt and Rafe Needleman give you the Real Deal on computers, cell phones, Twitter, Pownce, free games, Microsoft office replacements and more.

Copyright: 2008

The Real Deal 118: Internet personalities

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 00:43:46 GMT

Revision3's Martin Sargent sits down to talk about what makes someone Internet famous and what that fame actually means.

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The Real Deal 117 - Video Streamers

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:33:21 GMT

We'll talk through allt he different ways to get video off the Internet and on to your TV.

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Real Deal 116: Inbox Zero

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:21:40 GMT

Merlin Mann joins the show to talk about how to deal with email overload.

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The Real Deal 115: Road Test

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 01:38:37 GMT

Tom and Rafe discuss the tech they've been using, like VoP, Warcraft and Plurk.

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The Real Deal 114

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:12:10 GMT

Tom and Rafe talk about Mobile Me from Apple, a bit about Snow Leopard,a.k.a. OS X 10.6, and of course they touch ont he iPhone too.

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The Real Deal 113: Firefox

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 23:08:54 GMT

Rafe and Tom talk Firefox. Find out about the forthcoming new release, some of the best plugins, and whether Firefox is still truly cool or not.

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The Real Deal 112: Virtualization

Tue, 27 May 2008 22:56:30 GMT

Tom describes what virtualization is, and what his experiences with it have been.

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The Real Deal 111: Geolocation

Tue, 20 May 2008 22:51:40 GMT

Rafe and Tom talk about the new apps and services that use geolocation. They help you find people and help people find you. But is that a good thing?

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The Real Deal 110: Vista Road Test

Tue, 13 May 2008 23:15:43 GMT

Rafe talks about the Windows Vista machine he built from scratch. Then Tom and Rafe both talk about their varying experiences with Vista.

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The Real Deal 109: Video Toolkit

Tue, 06 May 2008 23:08:00 GMT

Tom and Rafe share their favorite ways to shoot, edit, convert, and post videos.

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The Real Deal 108: Cloud computing

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 22:49:08 GMT

What is this cloud computing buzzword-mongers are buzzing about? How does it work? Will it replace regular old software?

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The Real Deal 107: Webware 100

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 22:50:17 GMT

We review some of the winners of the Webware 100 and talk about some of our favorite sites and apps.

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The Real Deal 106: Copyright

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 23:00:25 GMT

Colette Vogele of the Rules for the Revolution podcast joins Tom and Rafe to talk about what you can and can't do online, and how to protect your digital content.

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The Real Deal 105: Digital TV transition

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 22:33:21 GMT

Tom and Rafe discuss the Feb. 17, 2009 end of analog TV broadcasts in the United States. Get the facts and spread the word.

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The Real Deal 104 - Solid State Drives

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 22:39:12 GMT

Tom and Rafe talk about solid state drives with Lenovo's Matthew Kohut. Find out how long a solid state drive can last. It's less than a decade.

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The Real Deal 103 - Botnets

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 22:31:43 GMT

Dr. Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks joins Tom and Rafe to discuss the ins and outs of botnets.

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The Real Deal 102 - Travel tech road test

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 22:51:15 GMT

Tom and Rafe discuss essential websites, gadgets, and other tech tips for traveling.

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The Real Deal 101 - Personal Carbon Offsets

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:15:55 GMT

Get green! Rafe Needleman talks with Andrew Beebe, president of Energy Innovations, about personal carbon credit trading.

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The Real Deal 100 - Windows on a Mac

Tue, 04 Mar 2008 23:42:21 GMT

Tom Merritt runs through the basics of running Windows on a Mac, both from Boot camp and using virtualization.

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The Real Deal 99 - Road test

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 23:57:00 GMT

Tom Merritt and Rafe Needleman talk about living with the Apple TV, Pleo, Chumy, Amazon Kindle, Logitech Harmony and more.

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The Real Deal 98 - Online TV and Movies

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 23:46:54 GMT

We discuss all our favorite places to find TV shows and movies and some of your favorites too.

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The Real Deal 97 - OpenID

Tue, 12 Feb 2008 23:42:46 GMT

Wouldn't it be great to have a single sign-on for all websites? One password to be stolen? Oh wait? would it be great or not?

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The Real Deal 96 - Road Test

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 23:49:46 GMT

Tom and Rafe discuss Windows Home Server, moving from a ThinkPad to a MacBook Pro running Windows and get a listener tip about the DirecTV DVR.

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The Real Deal 95 - Bandwidth

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 23:40:24 GMT

All about throughput, chanel capacity, bit rate and other misunderstood terms. Plus a small bit on migrating data to a new laptop.

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The Real Deal 94 - Myth of the megapixel

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:53:13 GMT

Rafe shares why more megapixels isn't always better. Find out how to determine what you need in a new camera.

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The Real Deal 93 - Road Test

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:56:33 GMT

Rafe and Tom talk about the live blogging of the Steve Jobs keynotes, how to use multiple monitors, review the Kindle, flying Virgin America, and using wirelss while traveling.

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The Real Deal 92 - Wikia Search

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 00:27:27 GMT

So how does a Wiki search engine work, and will you use it? We tackle both topics.

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Real Deal 91 - Zombies

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:08:16 GMT

From the Epic ofGilgamesh, to Haiti, to George Romero, we talk the history of Zombies and how to defend yourself against them.

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Real Deal 90 - Fantasy Real Deal

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:08:16 GMT

Tom and Rafe get futuristic and talk about topics they'd love to cover someday on the podcast.

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Real Deal 89 - Real Deal Awards

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:08:16 GMT

Tom and Rafe award the "FUDdies" to those who fought the best or spread the worst fear uncertainty anddoubt in 2007.

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Real Deal 88 - Reviews

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:38:27 GMT

How do tech product reviews happen? What are the pressures? How can you trust what reviewers write?

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Real Deal 87 - Email

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 19:52:27 GMT

From Pop3 to IMAP to web-based, we talk about the kinds of email clients and how email is used.

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Real Deal 86 - eBooks

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 23:32:51 GMT

Can eBooks replace paper books? We look at the Amazon Kindle and Sony eReader as examples, and discuss what has kept paper on top.

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Real Deal 85 - Specialty information sources

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 23:58:10 GMT

Google, or a search engine of any kind, isn't always the best way to find information. We'll introduce you to some of our favorite specialised information sources.

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Real Deal 84 - Geek TV

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 23:47:22 GMT

What makes a TV show geeky, and what are the best geek TV shows.

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Real Deal 83 - Online Finances

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 00:22:05 GMT

In this episode, Rafe discusses new products and services for personal money management.

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Real Deal 82 - Online music

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 22:42:51 GMT

From streaming to subscribing to downloading, we cover the best ways to get your music from the Internet.

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Real Deal 81 - Game consoles vs. PCs

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 22:40:26 GMT

Let the gaming war begin. Which is right for you? A game console ora PC? Maybe both? Find out!

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Real Deal 80 - Wikis

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 22:36:29 GMT

What's a wiki and what do you use it for? We'll tell you that and how to set one up too.

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Real Deal 79 - Social bookmarking

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 22:46:35 GMT

From to Digg, we'll cover the new trends in online bookmarking and sharing.

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Real Deal 78 - Hybrid cars

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 22:40:26 GMT

Rafe and Tom get deep into the world of hybrid cars to help you decide if you want one.

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Real Deal 77 - Hack the iPhone

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:14:30 GMT

We discuss how to get third-party apps on your iPhone and how to unlock it. Plus a short discussion of the legal implications.

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The Real Deal 76 - Network Storage

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 22:52:54 GMT

From RAID, to NAS, to Smoothwall we cover your network storage options and bring a few tips from the audience as well.

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Real Deal 75 - Home Automation

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 22:37:18 GMT

Whether you want to make the home of the future, or just spy on the cat, we'll introduce you to the wonders of X10, Insteon, Zwave and more.

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Real Deal 74 - Keep Two PCs in Sync

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 22:36:54 GMT

In this episode we're going to discuss how to live with two PCs, and keep the data on them in sync.

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Real Deal 73 - Social network overload

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 23:12:21 GMT

With all the Facebooks and Twitters and Last.FMs, it's hard to keep up with all your socializing options. We'll help you cut through the clutter of the Web 2.0 whirlwind.

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Real Deal 72 - Software for a new PC

Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:36:21 GMT

Got a new PC? We tell you all the software you need to get to make it nice and comfy to use right from the start.

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Real Deal 71 - Wireless Headphones

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 19:55:23 GMT

Senior editor Donald Bell joins me to discuss wireless headphones. How do they work and which ones are best?

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Real Deal 70 - Digital TV Transition

Tue, 7 Aug 2007 18:13:20 GMT

The US analog TV signal will be shut down on Feb. 17, 2009. What will yo do? Will your TV still work? We'll tell you.

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Real Deal 69 - Be your own IT department

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 22:28:20 GMT

If you know anything about computers you're likely to have to provide tech support for friends and family. Here's some tips and tools to help you help others.

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Real Deal 68 - Twitter Alternatives

Tue, 24 Jul 2007 22:34:13 GMT

The miniblog, short message, nanoblog sensation continues, rocketed to popularity by Twitter. Other services like Pownce and Jaiku are popping up as well. So what's it all about?

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Real Deal 67 - Free Games

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 22:33:26 GMT

Free games pretty much litter the Internet. You can play free games online or download them. Some our open source and some are not. Find out the ins and outs and some of our favorite places to find free games.

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Real Deal 66 - Microsoft Office replacements

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:35:58 GMT

Why spend hundreds of dollars on Microsoft Office when you can get the same functionality for free? We go over web-based and software office suites and the advantages and disadvantages to replacing Microsoft.

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Real Deal 65 - iPhone

Tue, 03 Jul 2007 18:11:39 GMT

So now that we actually got to use one, what's the real deal with the iPhone?

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Real Deal 64 - Online photo and storage

Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:31:35 GMT

Rafe and Tom discuss different places on the Web to store and to share your digital photos.

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Real Deal 63 - GPS

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 22:17:48 GMT

Get the scoop on how to find yourself. We discuss the tech behind GPS devices and give you some advice when shopping for a GPS device.

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Real Deal 62 - Wireless Networking: Beyond WiFi

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 22:46:46 GMT

Don't know your HSDPA from your EV-DO? Want to just get data over the air wherever you go? Tom and Rafe can help you understand it all.

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Real Deal 61 - Blogging ethics

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 20:39:58 GMT

Questions over the rights and responsibilities of bloggers are coming more and more frequently. As a blogger, what are your boundaries, and how do you learn journalistic ethics?

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Real Deal 60 - Internet2

Tue, 29 May 2007 22:09:53 GMT

Think you'll be using the next Internet? Think again. Tom explains what Internet2 is and how it differs from Abilene, National Lambda Rail and the Internet you use.

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Real Deal 59 - Lifecasting

Tue, 22 May 2007 22:19:01 GMT

We'll tell you how to put your whole life online, video, audio, and text. But will you want to? We'll tell you that too.

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Real Deal 58 - Silverlight

Tue, 15 May 2007 23:12:10 GMT

Microsoft's got a new competitor to Flash, but it's much more than that, and much different. Find out why.

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Real Deal 57 - Twitter

Tue, 08 May 2007 22:24:10 GMT

Twitter has taken the Web world by storm. Why is it so hot? What is it? We'll get you up to speed on miniblogging in this episode.

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Real Deal 56 - Instant Messengers

Tue, 01 May 2007 22:13:18 GMT

We deal with all the instant messenger protocols and review some of the best multi-protocol clients.

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Real Deal 55 - SATA hard drives

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 22:18:51 GMT

Wondering what all the fuss about SATA drives is? We'll unravel the mystery.

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Real Deal 54 - VoIP

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 22:37:42 GMT

Find out what VoIP is, how it works, and whether you should trade in your landline for Internet telephony.

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Real Deal 53 - Game emulators

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 22:15:49 GMT

You can play games from Pong, to Atari to Nintendo, all on your current PC. Tom Merritt talks game emulators.

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Real Deal 52 - Apple TV

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:18:09 GMT

So what's all this hooplah about the Apple TV? And did you know there are other devices that do the same thing?

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Real Deal 51 - Media Centers

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 22:23:24 GMT

A media center isn't just a program from Windows. Oh no! Find out what a good media center does and what all your options are.

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Real Deal 50 - Refurbished electronics

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 22:29:22 GMT

Refurbished electronics sell for cheaper than brand new items, and usually are identical. So what's the catch? Tom Merritt tells you hot to safely negotiate the world of refurbished tech gadgets and reap the savings.

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Real Deal 49 - Web video

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 23:21:05 GMT

Tom discusses how he gets web video on his living room TV, and reveals some of his favorite sources.

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Real Deal 48 - OEM

Tue, 06 Mar 2007 23:21:05 GMT

Want cheap software? If you're willing to do without a few niceties like tech support, OEM can save you big bucks.

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Real Deal 47 - CableCARD

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 23:14:50 GMT

Did you know you can get a small PC card that allows you to get digital cable in any device? It's CableCARD. And if only it was as easy as I just made it sound.

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Real Deal 46 - Video codecs

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 23:12:28 GMT

Why are videos so frustrating? One of the reasons is codecs. There are lots and lots of codecs out there. Tom and Justin attempt to explain why that is, how codecs work, and ho to navigate the confusing world of video.

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Real Deal 45 - CSS

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 22:57:20 GMT

A little primer on CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). What it is, what it does, and how to use it.

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Real Deal 44 - Digital Cameras

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 23:27:48 GMT

Digital cameras can be hard to understand. Don't know your ISO settings from your RAW image format? Lori Grunin helps Tom understand how digital cameras work.

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Real Deal 43 - Demo

Sat, 03 Feb 2007 00:12:38 GMT

Rafe Needleman reports on the latest product pitches from the Demo 2007 conference in Arizona.

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Real Deal 42 - Windows Vista

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 17:28:29 GMT

The new version of Windows is here. Should you get Windows Vista? Tom Merritt runs through some of the new features as well as his experience with Vista and advice on whether to upgrade.

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Real Deal 41 - Wi-Fi security

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 23:12:38 GMT

Robert Vamosi joins Tom Merritt to talk about the proper ways to secure your Wi-Fi router in your home. They also discuss safety precautions to use when surfing over Wi-Fi in public.

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Real Deal 40 - CES Gadgets

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 23:06:48 GMT

Tom Merritt reviews some of his favorite gadgets from CES. He also dishes out some of the inside scoop on how the gadget press mill works at the largest electronics show on Earth.

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Real Deal 39 - CES

Tue, 09 Jan 2007 00:27:01 GMT

Jason Oxman from the Conusmer Electronics Association talks about how they pull off the biggest trade show on the continent, and what it takes to get inside CES.

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Real Deal 38 - Home Networking

Tue, 02 Jan 2007 23:19:17 GMT

Tom Merritt discusses the ins and outs of wiring a new house for an Internet connection.

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Real Deal 37 - Top 5 topics for 2007

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:02:17 GMT

Tom Merritt previews the top 5 tech topics you'd like him to cover in 2007. These topics were determined based on listener feedback.

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Real Deal 36 - Top 5 topics of 2006

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 00:02:17 GMT

Tom Merritt reviews the top 5 most popular tech topics of 2006 as determined by listeners to the Real Deal podcast.

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Real Deal 35 - Game Consoles

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 23:10:04 GMT

Tom Merritt runs down the specs on the three next generation game consoles and helps you decide which one's right for you.

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Real Deal 34 - Antivirus

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 23:27:25 GMT

Robert Vamosi joins the podcast to talk about the best way to protect your computer from viruses. What are some of the best antivirus programs out there?

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Real Deal 33 - AJAX

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 23:26:47 GMT

Tom Merritt explains the ins and outs of the programming technique called AJAX. It powers the wonderful world of Web 2.0.

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Real Deal 32 - Rebates

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 23:08:09 GMT

Tom Merritt gives the straight scoop on how rebates work and what to look for when you're shopping.

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Real Deal 31 - Free Software

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 23:32:47 GMT

Some software is free as in beer, and some is free as in speech and some isn't free at all. Tom Merritt explains the difference and also gives a tip of the hat to a few of his favorite free pieces of software.

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Real Deal 30 - HD Radio

Tue, 07 Nov 2006 23:36:17 GMT

CNET's resident radio expert, Brian Cooley, joins Tom to explain what HD radio is and how it differs from regular radio.

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Real Deal 29 - Online Storage

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 23:37:34 GMT

Why you would need to store files online, and where to find the best places to store them.

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Real Deal 28 - Online Gaming

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 23:32:40 GMT

Veronica joins Tom to talk online gaming, inlcuding MUDs, MMORPGs, and the current craze of World of Warcraft.

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Real Deal 27 - Portable Apps

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 22:34:28 GMT

Tom tells you how you can take your favorite software programs with you without lugging around your computer.

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Real Deal 26 - Phishing

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 22:31:02 GMT

A bonus episode this week where Tom gives some tips to avoid phishing scams.

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Real Deal 25 - Online Apps

Mon, 09 Oct 2006 23:27:40 GMT

Rafe Needleman joins Tom to talk about online apps. They get a few minutes in before the use the term Web 2.0. Not bad.

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Real Deal 24 - DRM

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 18:42:40 GMT

Tom Merritt talks with Cory Doctorow about digital rights management, also known as DRM.

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Real Deal 23 - HTML

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:41:04 GMT

Get up to speed on the basics of HTML,some good software for making Web pages and places to learn more.

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Real Deal 22 - WiMAX

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 22:00:43 GMT

Can WiMAX bring hig speed wireless Internet into your home for cheap?

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Real Deal 21 - Bluetooth

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 21:42:52 GMT

Tom talks about what Bluetooth is, how it works , and what you can use it for.

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Real Deal 20 - RSS

Tue, 29 Aug 2006 21:48:19 GMT

Tom and Rafe explain what RSS is, a little bit about how it works, and make some recommendations of their favorite RSS readers.

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Real Deal 19 - Ubuntu

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 21:49:01 GMT

Tom gives a very general overview of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux and how it works.

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